Editorial, Video

Where the streets have no name…


The municipality of Iasi, a North East town of Romania, wants to demolish the tower of flats where few people lived there in pure misery. Most apartments have no doors and no windows, and residents are without running water, the sanitation being defective.

According to representatives of the City Hall of Iasi, the block is in an advanced state of decay.

Evacuation of residents began late last week, and the City Hall has ordered those standing there illegally to leave the apartments.

The evacuated residents said that they have no other place to live and the Iasi City Hall offered them no alternative.

“I have four kids, what do I do now? I went to the town hall several times to ask them for a shelter, but no one helped,” the said Mary N., one of the evacuated family.

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The Roma have been nomads for centuries. People have called them gypsies. Scattered across most of Europe, their unique way of life stands out amongst the countries where they live. In Greece, their numbers are estimated between 200-300.000, although they consider themselves to be more.
The Roma do not have a particular religion. Yet customs and traditions have kept them together in the course of their history. In general, they fall under two categories: those who have settled and those who still roam the lands as nomads. Most earn their living through trade, agriculture or performance, keeping constantly on the move and staying in the outskirts of the big cities, in self-governed settlements.
The Roma have to constantly fight off many negative stereotypes which are attributed to them, often intensifying their unwillingness to adjust. Many of them are organized in unions (Greek Confederation), with over 300,000 registered members, while in 2006 they formed a political party in Greece, called ”Rom Shield”. As complaints about the violation of their rights increase, the Roma people keep on struggling to survive and to keep their identity alive in a society that seems to have forgotten all about them. In the past years they have experienced a new wave of persecution initiated by the State, in countries such as France and Romania. Many have characterized these newly introduced displacements as pogroms.

Shukar Collective (from the Romany word Shukar or Şucar, meaning “fine”) is a Romanian musical group which fuses traditional Romany and electronic music. It is especially known for using traditional rhythms employed by the Ursari section of the Roma minority with contemporary electronic sampling. They generally mix various sounds produced by tapping spoons or other domestic objects with those produced on analog synthesizers.
The concept that led to the success of the group belongs to Paul Țanicui, Romanian film director who discovered the ursari musicians Tamango, Napoleon and Classic that he would later name “Shukar”. Short time after, Romanian musicians Dj Vasile, Dan Handrabur (aka Dreamdoktor), Cristi Stanciu (aka Matze) and Vlaicu Golcea came with the compositions of the first Shukar Collective album, “Taves Bahtalo!”/ “Urban Gypsy”.